Chance to be a star in Singapore movie



By Anandpreet Kaur

Ever dreamt of being a star in a movie? If you are in Singapore this week, you have a chance.

Lizard On The Wall at Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA) – PHOTO / SIFA

“This one-of-a-kind interactive performance, staged and filmed over three nights, allows you to participate fully as the cast,” read a note promoting the event. For meeting point and timing details, go here.

The movie will allow people the chance to know and understand more about the minority within a minority community with all the actors being indian and the author being a Punjabi, Sikh.

Lizard On The Wall is a movie inspired by Balli Kaur Jaswal’s celebrated novel “Inheritance”. It is said to be the first English-language novel about Singapore’s Punjabi-Sikh diaspora.

Balli, 34, was named “Best Young Australian Novelist” in 2014 by Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald for Inheritance.

She grew up in Singapore, Japan, Russia and the Philippines. Last year, she was the national writer-in-residence at Nanyang Technological University. She recently moved to Istanbul, Turkey to join the faculty at an international school.

The film presents the wedding banquet of Amrit held in the family house, beginning with a festive celebration of song and dance. The events of the day then take an unexpected turn when scandalous secrets come to light and the guests (yes, you!) are made to confront the shameful truths of a double life.

In the traditional confines of the ceremony, morals are questioned as tragedy spirals into madcap absurdity. It seems the only person who can stand up for Amrit is her brother, but he is also hiding secrets of his own. Can any of them escape the prying eyes of society?”, according to the note on the SIFA website.

Balli Kaur Jaswal’s third novel Erotic Stories for Punjabi Windows (Harper Collins/William Morrow) has now been released.

Balli is currently working on a fourth novel about three sisters who go on a pilgrimage to India to reconnect with each other after their motherʼs death.


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Balli Jaswal shortlisted for inaugural Epigram Books Fiction Prize (Asia Samachar, 29 Oct 2015)